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Love Grits? Here’s a Quick Guide to the Food’s Rich History June 1, 2018

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Love Grits? Here’s a Quick Guide to the Food’s Rich History, Orange Beach, Alabama

Grits are a staple on menus across the country, especially in the South. It’s made of ground corn mixed with milk or water and boiled. However, the actual history of this Southern staple is more intricate. So if you’ve ever wondered what went into creating this creamy, fulfilling breakfast meal, here’s a bit of information about where it came from originally and how it has evolved over the years.

Where Do Grits Come From?

Native American Roots

Before European settlers even reached the shores of the U.S., Native Americans made grits for years. They originally ate it simply as mashed, boiled corn and introduced it to European explorers back in the 1580s. Through the years, they taught settlers, especially those in Virginia, how to prepare the dish, which then became a staple in their diets.

Southern Popularity

gritsFrom Virginia, word spread of how to prepare grits through the rest of the southern colonies. It eventually became so popular in South Carolina that it became the official state food. However, other states throughout the southeastern U.S. also adopted the dish as people prepared it in their homes and eventually in restaurants.

Expanding to New Menus

Today, grits are still popular in the South, but they’ve made their way to other regions as well. As Southern natives moved throughout the country and the world, the prominence of the dish grew fairly organically. Additionally, restaurateurs noticed a gap in the market throughout other regions where Southern transplants and others might appreciate easier access to grits.

 

If you’re looking for delicious grits in Orange Beach, AL, look no further than Barefoot Island Grill. The restaurant specializes in original, handcrafted meals, including seafood, tacos, burgers, and desserts. The family-owned and -operated restaurant brings years of restaurant experience and fresh ingredients to every dish. You can view a full menu on the company’s website or call (251) 256-0055 for more information.

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